FORT MYERS, Fla. - Mike Pelfrey is one of the new additions to the Minnesota Twins pitching staff and despite the fact that he is coming off of Tommy John surgery, he is confident he will be on the team's Opening Day roster.
"I feel refreshed, recharged, it's definitely a different environment," Pelfrey said.
Pelfrey broke into the majors in 2006 pitching four games for the New York Mets.
From 2008 to 2010, the 6 foot 7 inch right-hander racked up 38 wins, including a career-high 15 wins and a 3.66 ERA in 2010.
He struggled in 2011, finishing with a 7-13 season and the fans in New York were not always kind.
"It was really time for a change. Last year, when they announced my name, the whole stadium booed, so when the offseason came, it wasn't a surprise I was going to get non-tendered," Pelfrey said.
Pelfrey pitched in only three games last season. He had Tommy John surgery on May 1, and he says he is way ahead of schedule in his recovery. After the first live pitching session of the season, he says he feels great and that he feels lucky to be a Twin.
"I told my agent, there were about 4-5 teams (interested in signing me), I said, 'I want to be a Minnesota Twin.' I think negotiations took maybe a week, but we got it done."
The 29-year-old Pelfrey signed a 1-year deal with the Twins worth $4 million.
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